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Little Classics News: 08 March 2014

Classic Cars Set for Italian Car Day at Brooklands

Brooklands Classic Italian Car Day 'Il Drago Ruggente' - 'The Roaring Dragon'Over the last 28 years, the Italian Car Day at Brooklands has become established as premier event for owners and admirers of classic and Italian cars.

It’s always a sure thing that at Italian Car Day you never know what you will see, but it is always spectacular – and there are inevitably some intriguing surprises. Rarely do you find such obscure and exotic Italian machinery, even at the most exclusive (and expensive) static events. Yet at Brooklands, the most fantastic classic cars are not only running, but running at speed – up the test hill and, often, on the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World test track.

Visitors will see and hear an Isotta-Fraschini-engined monster (top) in action, powered by a staggering 27-litre Isotta Fraschini V12 engine from a Caproni – an Italian heavy bomber. The aero-engined leviathan, widely known as ‘il drago ruggente’ (the roaring dragon), is built on a 1924 Delage chassis and, thanks to owner Glenn Billqvist, will be making the journey from Sweden for the Brooklands Italian Car Day. You can see a preview of the sight and sound (and smoke!), below:

Secondly, and a world away from ‘il drago’, Brooklands will also be welcoming the classic Ferrari 212 F1 (below) raced by Dorino Serafini at the 1951 Syracuse Grand Prix in Sicily (it finished in second place). The car was of enormous interest at the time because of its 2500cc V12 engine and De Dion rear end, demonstrating just how advanced – and varied – were Enzo’s Grand Prix plans.

Brooklands Classic Italian Car Day Ferrari 212 F1Among the countless other attractions are the classic car clubs and registers that have their own dedicated display areas: expect to see everything from Ferrari supercars to quirky little Fiats, plus Alfas, Maseratis, Lamborghinis and a vast range of more obscure marques, from Abarth, Bizzarrini and De Tomaso, to Innocenti, Moretti and Siata.

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